The Netherlands and Brazil to intensify cooperation in innovation

The Netherlands and Brazil will be developing a joint innovation programme in 2019. While the two countries are already cooperating, they would now like to conduct more joint research and development in areas such as high-tech systems and materials, aerospace, medical technologies and preventing natural disasters. State Secretary (Vice Minister) of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Mona Keijzer and Brazilian Minister for Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications Gilberto Kassab will today sign an agreement to this effect in São Paulo during Keijzer’s working visit to the South American country.

This year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) has already earmarked almost €1 million for innovation-based collaboration with Brazil. These funds are available to Dutch companies and knowledge institutes wishing to collaborate with one or more Brazilian partners in developing technology for new products or services. With the GlobalStars programme, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy stimulates Dutch entrepreneurs and organisations to conduct research and development (R&D) with specific partners outside Europe.

According to State Secretary Mona Keijzer, "In 2017, our economy’s innovative strength saw its strongest growth in the past five years, laying the foundation for our strong international competitive position. There’s still room for improvement, however, with regard to entrepreneurs engaging in cross-border cooperation on research and development, for example. There are certainly opportunities for that in an economy as large as Brazil’s. SMEs and knowledge institutes focusing on innovation involving high-tech materials in such fields as transport, data and medical technologies, for example, could make good use of such opportunities."

State Secretary Keijzer pays innovation working visit to Brazil

Accompanied by innovative Dutch companies and knowledge institutes, State Secretary Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) is visiting São Paulo, Brazil’s economic and financial hub, from Sunday 19 through Wednesday 22 August. The visit will involve more than just signing cooperation agreements. It will also be an opportunity for the Netherlands to highlight its expertise in the area of digital and industrial technologies, fields in which Brazil has promising markets.

Today, Dutch companies, knowledge institutes and Keijzer will meet with officials from the state of São Paulo, regional research financiers such as FAPESP and Brazil’s largest industrial umbrella organisation (FIESP) to discuss the matter of intensifying collaboration in the area of innovation. The State Secretary will also be visiting a biological institute where FAPESP and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) are jointly developing environmentally friendly crop protection, among other things.

The Netherlands is Brazil’s most important European export market

The Netherlands is the world’s fourth largest importer of Brazilian goods in terms of scale (4.2 billion euros), after China, the United States and Argentina. Conversely, the Netherlands exports 3.3 billion euros worth of goods to the South American country. The value of Dutch exports to Brazil has more than doubled in the past ten years. The Brazilian economy recovered in 2017 following a severe economic slump.

Cooperation between the Netherlands and Brazil also features prominently in the EU innovation programme Horizon 2020: of the 88 projects awarded with a Brazilian participant, 35 involve a Dutch partner. These projects have attracted EU support to the tune of €26.8 million (the Netherlands) and €5.3 million (Brazil).

Innovative entrepreneurs and organisations that are interested in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy’s GlobalStars programme can find more information via Globalstars. Projects involving cooperation with Brazilian partners can be submitted up to 31 October 2018.